How To Use Landscape Lighting To Great Effect
Making your garden to look just the way you want it to is not only not easily done, but it is an on-going battle
against weeds, pests and disease, so once you have lovely garden, the next stage is how to display it under all
lighting and weather conditions. This piece of writing is about just that: how to use landscape lighting to great
One facet of landscape lighting is called accent lighting. This kind of lighting is employed to subtly light up
bushes or flowers amongst other things. You can also light up a snow storm or rain, it gives a striking effect, but
this requires more powerful lighting such as flood lights.
The point is that you do not need to have the beauty of your garden on display for only the day light hours, you
can also get plenty of pleasure out of it in the evenings and even at night; in the summer and in the winter.
There is a huge choice of landscape lighting. For example, there are lamps, lanterns, floodlights and spotlights
and they can be powered by grid electricity or by the sun. Clearly, if you want to use mains electricity, you will
have to have an electrician lay armoured cable in your garden, which can be costly and is pretty permanent.
The other option is solar powered lighting, which is movable. If you position it somewhere and then change your
mind, you can move it yourself and there are no electricity running costs. Solar powered light fittings are more
expensive than regular ones, but all in all, taking into account the electrician's costs and the on-going
electricity bill, solar powered units work out cheaper. In addition, you will be doing something for the
environment that every gardener is doing his or her best to take care of.
This piece is not about security lighting, but landscape lighting does have a spin-off by adding extra security
to your property. Before buying any landscape lighting, you should have a good idea of what you are looking
There are various ways of going about this. You could first of all draw a plan of your garden and photocopy it a
few times so that you can commit your thoughts to paper.
You could take a walk around your local area and pick up concepts by observing neighbours' gardens. You could go
look at how the municipality lights its parks and public buildings and you could buy a few landscaping magazines to
get an idea of the latest devices on the market.
It is also worth going to a few gardening centres, because they will also be showing off their wares to their
full advantage. As you get ideas, pencil them in on one of your photocopies. If you want to test a few ideas very
roughly, you could place a suitable flashlight under a bush that you consider would benefit from landscape lighting
and observe it. If you do not like it remove it from your plan and try something else.
Once you are satisfied with your plan, go out and buy the requisite lighting. If they are mains supplied you
will have to have an electrician, if they are solar powered you do not. If you try some of these ideas you will
soon learn how to use landscape lighting to great effect.
Owen Jones, the writer of this article writes on quite a few subjects, but is at present concerned with
outdoor accent lighting. If you would
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